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Global Youth Agriculture Summit calls for applications

Update: December, 28/2016 - 17:00
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY – Young people from around the world can apply to attend the third Global Youth Agriculture Summit from October 9 to 13, 2017, in Brussels, Belgium.

The summit, a global youth conference to inspire and connect the next generation of young leaders in agriculture and related disciplines, is organised by Bayer and two Belgian young farmers associations, Groene Kring and Fédération des Jeunes Agriculteurs.

It comes amid an increasing disconnect between young people and farming even as the world population is forecast to soar to 10 billion by 2050.

About 100 selected young delegates from around the world will share ideas, develop solutions and engage in an open discussion on one of the world’s most challenging questions: how do we feed a hungry planet sustainably?

Bernd Naaf, head of business affairs & communications and labour director at Bayer, said: “Bayer is committed to encouraging young people to learn about agriculture and inspiring the next generation of agricultural visionaries. With initiatives like the 2017 Youth Ag-Summit, agricultural scholarships and experimental learning at our student labs and online, we want to encourage young people to learn more about sustainable agriculture and food supply whereby the vital role of science and innovation is highlighted.”

In order to create more opportunities for young people to exchange knowledge and learn from each other, besides the main contest to select the best delegate to join the Global Youth Agriculture Summit in Brussels next October, Bayer Vietnam will extend additional awards to more candidates who submit outstanding essays and ideas.

Winners of the awards in Viet Nam will have the opportunity to participate in networking events with local experts in agriculture and visit key agricultural areas in the country to acquire practical knowledge about modern farming. -- VN

To apply for the Global Youth Agriculture Summit, candidates aged 18 to 25 need to submit an essay on the underlying causes of food insecurity and the effect it can have on a growing population.

The essay question is based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The ability to demonstrate original ideas and passion to help shape the future will be the key selection criteria for the Youth Ag-Summit.

The essay applications will be accepted online until January 13, 2017.

More information about the application process and the Summit is available at

For local awards, candidates should complete these two steps:

Submitting the essay to the official website of the contest and sending a confirmation email with the essay attachted.

The deadline for submission is January 13.

The results will be announced in August 2017.

(Source: Bayer)




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